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Morton Feldman Says: Selected Interviews and Lectures 1964-1987 (New Series) Paperback – May 1, 2006

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Chris Villars was one of the founding editors of the contemporary music magazine Contact .
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  • Series: New Series
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hyphen (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907259316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907259312
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,220,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steward Willons TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've spent a fair amount of time with "Morton Feldman Says" and I've decided it's an excellent collection, but not necessarily worth it's price. While in Scarecrow saw fit to offer an interpretation of Feldman in his review, I'm content to leave that task to the reader. I will, however, offer a few comments on the book itself.

The selection of interviews, lectures, and writings are fairly diverse. For those who enjoyed "Give My Regards to Eighth Street", there is plenty of new material here. Where "8th Street" is mostly Feldman's essays, notes, and fragments, "Feldman Says" feels more complete. The books fill different needs and thus work well together. "Feldman Says" also has a number of black-and-white photos from Feldman's life. One of the most interesting features of the book is a collection of reproductions of Feldman scores. For those who do not have access to Feldman's scores, this will be of great interest.

The only thing that keeps me from giving this title five stars is that I feel it is significantly overpriced. Although Amazon currently offers it well below the $50 list price, I feel this is simply too much for a paperback of this type. Especially so when you consider the superb "Give My Regards to Eighth Street" is closer to $15. Both titles offer a great view into Feldman's world - his life, his ideas, his compositional technique - but aside from some photographs in "Feldman Says", I can't see a major difference.

I don't mean to sound cheap. I just mean to warn you that for the price, you may expect more than you'll receive. Most of the time when a book crosses the $50 threshold, it's either a beautiful hardcover, some sort of limited edition, or large and comprehensive. This is none of the above.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By scarecrow VINE VOICE on February 18, 2007
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The late Morton Feldman was an articulate speaker. Not that some days he was "off" where he came to repeat himself and get bogged down in one single work explications. His last Darmstadt lectures for example (with Ferneyhough and Rihm in attendance) is an example. He spoke about his historically long piece for Flute and Piano and percussion. He speaks in timbre, think of the flute he would say, "I don't think of the flute, as a flute" (to paraphrase).He thinks of his music as transitory, always to something else.

Feldman honed his ideology hanging out with painters,the Abstract Expressionists at the Cedar Bar in New York. But he also was invited to studios (Guston, Kline, de Kooning) to view new works and think about what they mean not philosophic but the technical. He always found fascinating concepts to bring to his music and thinking about the process of writing music. Very late in life he re-discovered the inherent mysteries in minimal aesthetic, an aesthetic very different than what you may think you know of rhytmic patternings music. Incredibly Feldman didn't discover this odyssey for the minimal earlier, although in many respects you can argue that he always had a fascination for un-repetition of the same stasis.In retropsect you can see where his music has much more elements of longevity than the "Star" minimalists whose work today has is now a mere caricature of what it may have been,co-opted, homogenized down to its lowest forms.

Feldman has written some of the most beautiful music claiming a place that the vigours of modernity need not lead to "alienation" schemes practiced so well by his brethren, the post-war European creators as well as closer friends, Cage and Brown.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott D. Briggs on May 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
I know Chris Villars since he does the primary Morton Feldman web site,
and I'm sure this book is fantastic and in fact I've read a good deal of
it having miraculously found it at a local library over the past year,
and I'm probably lucky since I'm a bit baffled why someone on here
has the gloriously stupid audacity to be asking $1000 for this tome.
There is NO reason why this book should be commanding a $1000 price tag.
None. This is why I'm A. barely buying academic books like this anymore
and B.why I'm so disgusted in general with the book biz, and otherwise lately,
with the rare, signed and deluxe ltd. edition publishing world in particular,
but the thing is, this book is more on the academic side of things and ISN'T
a deluxe, signed, slipcased ltd. edition that lists for $750 up front or something.
When will this madness end? Is this why the Internet is so great, so I can
be forced to spend $1000 on a book that should only cost a max. of maybe
$80 at most even if out of print recently? What a joke. And it's a shame
because Chris and his book deserve a lot wider readership and exposure than
it will ever get, due to this kind of nonsense. If readers weren't turned off
before this, they will be now when they see a $1000 price tag and merely laugh!
And personally I think the book is enjoyable and vital for Feldman fanatics
but is it worth a grand? No.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enrique the Paraguayan Mob Lord on July 29, 2013
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For writings that have been republished in other volumes, $500 seems absurd, even if this particular title is out of print. I'd recommend "Give My Regards to Eighth Street" as a budget alternative.
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